News & Commentary
Content tagged with Software posted in August 2007
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Is Yahoo Working On A Cell Phone?
Commentary  |  8/31/2007  | 
Earlier this week Michael Arrington at TechCrunch dropped a bombshell that has yet to be explained: Yahoo is supposedly working on a cell phone.
Pervasive Connects QuickBooks With Salesforce.com
News  |  8/31/2007  | 
DataSynch automatically synchronizes customer, product, and order information between the two systems.
JasperSoft Upgrades Online Reporting Tools For Salesforce.com
News  |  8/31/2007  | 
Jasper4Salesforce can create, manage, share and distribute reports directly from Salesforce.com.
Windows Vista Update Due, But Don't Expect A Panacea
News  |  8/31/2007  | 
Service Pack 1, due in the first quarter of 2008, will come with across-the-board improvements, but few new features.
Factories Get Wireless Help
News  |  8/31/2007  | 
NIST researching ways to help manufacturers minimize radio interference so wireless devices work better in factories.
Microsoft Update Forces HP MediaSmart Home Server Delay
News  |  8/31/2007  | 
While no one is saying the update is fixing flaws, HP said it decided to wait until the better version of the software was available.
Google News Becomes A Publisher
News  |  8/31/2007  | 
Instead of links, Google wants to carry articles from news agencies like The Associated Press to promote "the definitive original copy and give credit to the original journalist."
Six Questions About The Google Phone
Commentary  |  8/31/2007  | 
We're all waiting for the big news next week: Will Google finally announce the Google Phone? Well, I am ready for the Google Phone. In fact, I know exactly what I want to do with it when I first get my hands on one, assuming there actually will be a Google Phone. Here is my list of questions.
Apple Cancels NBC Fall TV Lineup On iTunes
News  |  8/31/2007  | 
The rift was based on a doubling of the wholesale price Apple pays for each NBC TV episode.
When Will Anyone Actually Watch Mobile TV?
Commentary  |  8/31/2007  | 
With his post today, my colleague Eric Zeman raised a great question: Is anyone actually watching mobile TV? If by that he meant people watching video on their iPods, yes, I see many iPod users watching video. If, however, he meant people watching V CAST and other mobile TV services that stream over cellular networks...
IPod Or iPhone, Keep An Eye On Apple Next Week
News  |  8/31/2007  | 
Despite the apparent focus on Apple's iPod at an event on Sept. 5, European telecom companiess are among those anxious for a chance to catch iPhone fire.
Yahoo Issues Yahoo Messenger Security Fix
News  |  8/31/2007  | 
The patch addresses a buffer overflow vulnerability in an ActiveX control that could allow attackers to execute arbitrary code.
The Lighter Side of Outsourcing
Commentary  |  8/31/2007  | 
Consumer confidence faltering in a sputtering economy, jobs continuing to move offshore at rapid pace… is this a time to laugh at outsourcing? Why not? As outsourcing vendors get increasingly sophisticated, and as corporate America gets increasingly greedy about the cost savings, here are a few glorious changes that we can look forward to.
Microsoft Settles Web Patent Dispute With Eolas
News  |  8/31/2007  | 
Shareholders of the closely held company will receive a per-share dividend of between $60 and $72 as a result of the deal with Microsoft, although terms of the settlement are confidential.
PostgreSQL 8.3 Features To Be Available After Labor Day
News  |  8/30/2007  | 
Full text search and other features will become available for free download in beta code after Labor Day, with the final release to follow by eight to 10 weeks.
IBM's Computing Breakthrough Promises Chips The Size Of Dust
News  |  8/30/2007  | 
IBM's new techniques may well lead to the use of atoms for digital storage, which could store the entire contents of YouTube -- about 1,000 trillion bits of data.
Stonebraker Raises Vertica's DW Profile
Commentary  |  8/30/2007  | 
I had a long briefing with database legend Michael Stonebraker today, and I feel compelled to share a few highlights of the conversation. Stonebraker is known as a visionary, and he has consistently turned those visions into long-term bets through commercial startups. Today's prediction? "Sooner or later, the entire data warehousing market is going to move to column-store solutions," Stonebraker asserts, column-store being the architectural basis of his latest venture, a startup called Vertica.
Jaxtr's New Twist on VoIP
Commentary  |  8/30/2007  | 
Given the recent failure of SunRocket, and Vonage's lack of profits and patent problems, you might find it odd to see VCs pouring money into yet another VoIP company.
To Dream the Impossible Wi-Fi Dream
Commentary  |  8/30/2007  | 
The efforts in certain cities to provide free Wi-fi access to all reminds me of the efforts to provide universal health care coverage in this country: Everyone agrees that it's a great idea; everyone knows that it would be beneficial to many; but a combination of politics and finances keep stalling those efforts. The latest Quixotic attempt to provide free Wi-fi access came in Chicago. The city wanted to create a citywide wireless Internet network but after less than two years of trying to get
CompTIA Adds German Language Convergence Exams
News  |  8/30/2007  | 
The certification supports voice over Internet Protocol deployments as adoption of VoIP in Europe has increased.
Small and Medium Sized Businesses Embrace Linux Abroad
Commentary  |  8/30/2007  | 
Are SMBs in Europe and Australia more inclined to ask for Linux on the desktop than IT buyers in the US? What can you learn from this recent trend overseas?
Sony Unveils Video Walkman, Drops Connect Music Store
News  |  8/30/2007  | 
The media players will support a wide variety of file formats for downloading and playing music and video.
SCO CEO McBride Speaks Out On Novell, Finances, And Groklaw
News  |  8/30/2007  | 
Darl McBride says his company has strong products and a growing number of customers, so it will survive regardless of the outcome of legal battles.
Microsoft To Buy Corporate Group Chat Provider
News  |  8/30/2007  | 
Parlano was spun off from Swiss bank UBS with MindAlign, which is used most notably in the financial services industry by five of the top seven global banks.
Google To Follow Apple into the Cell Phone Market?
Commentary  |  8/30/2007  | 
By Paul Korzeniowski Cell phones seem to be primary currency in todays high tech market. Now that the Apple iPhone buzz is dying down, reports are that Google, is about to become the next industry heavyweight to jump into the market. These vendors seem to think that cell phones are a good way to connect with the young, hip buyers who dictate which products are cool and which are pass
Convergys to Deploy PCI Compliance Solution
News  |  8/30/2007  | 
Convergys to help assure PCI compliance with Opsware and Solidcore
IBM Unveils Second Cell-Based Blade For High-Performance Computing
News  |  8/29/2007  | 
With a peak performance of 460 giga floating point operations per second, a single BladeCenter chassis of QS21s can achieve 6.4 teraflops, IBM claims.
Coupons.com DRM Likened To Sony Rootkit
News  |  8/29/2007  | 
A new report suggests that the site requires users to install an ActiveX control that limits coupon printing and adds tracking data to printed coupons.
Sony Investigates Reports Of Fingerprint Reader Software Installing Rootkit On PCs
News  |  8/29/2007  | 
Sony said the controversial software shipped with three models of its Micro Vault USM-F line, and those versions have been recently discontinued.
Will Google Announce A Linux-Powered Mobile Phone OS Next Week?
Commentary  |  8/29/2007  | 
The Google Phone rumors are now in overdrive. Last week I blogged that Google could be preparing to launch the Google Phone in India. Since then more clues have floated to the surface.
Google Web Toolkit Leaves Beta
News  |  8/29/2007  | 
The company estimates that recompiling applications with GWT 1.4 can result in software that has 30% less code and can run 20% to 50% faster.
Field Report: eHarmony Finds a Compatible Database
News  |  8/29/2007  | 
Dating site parts ways with SQL Server 2000 after finding a more scalable, available partner.
Linux Foundation Urges 'No' Vote On Microsoft's Open XML Format
News  |  8/29/2007  | 
With voting underway, critics contend there is already an ISO/IEC standard intended for documents -- the Open Document Format.
New Apple iPods Expected Sept. 5
News  |  8/29/2007  | 
Other rumors say the iPods would be powered by a derivative of the Mac operating system and that Apple would offer the long-awaited Beatles music catalog on iTunes.
Nokia's Ovi Opens Door To Music, Internet Services
News  |  8/29/2007  | 
The platform is a rebundling of Nokia services such as its N-Gage games and its Nokia Music store that sync up with existing social networks, communities, and content.
Microsoft Delays Windows Server Until Early 2008
News  |  8/29/2007  | 
Windows Server 2008 is now in Beta 3 and feature complete, but Microsoft is delaying it because "it needs a little more time to bake," the company said.
EarthLink CEO Devoted To Muni Wi-Fi And Helio
News  |  8/29/2007  | 
Despite cutbacks in staff and future investments, Rolla Huff said the company is "not exiting" its marquee wireless pursuits.
Microsoft Developing A Double-Sided Touch Screen Device
News  |  8/29/2007  | 
LucidTouch includes pseudo-transparency technology that creates an on-screen silhouette of fingers wrapped around the back to ease navigation.
Microsoft Will Release Windows Vista SP1 Early 2008
News  |  8/29/2007  | 
Performance, compatibility, and reliability have been among the biggest complaints of Windows Vista users, and the service pack will focus on those three major trouble areas.
iWork's Play for the Small Biz Desktop
Commentary  |  8/29/2007  | 
"Productivity suite" used to mean one thing and one thing only: Microsoft Office. Word, Excel, Outlook, and Powerpoint. Love it or hate it, most of us use Office daily to grind out bargeloads of documents, spreadsheets, email, and presentations.
Open Text Keeps Up With Legal Sector
Commentary  |  8/29/2007  | 
Enterprise Content Management (ECM) vendor Open Text recently announced that it will deliver a major upgrade to the acquired (ex-Hummingbird) eDocs technology for the Legal sector. Not earth-shattering, but important news nonetheless... It reaffirms Open Text's commitment to building on other repositories where sensible - in this case Microsoft - the platform that dominates Legal.
SCO Likely To Appeal Novell Ruling, CEO Darl McBride Says
News  |  8/29/2007  | 
McBride says he was caught off guard by the judge's decision because SCO's position was backed by nine witnesses.
WebTrends Upgrade: The Price is Wrong!
Commentary  |  8/29/2007  | 
What troubles me is how pricing based on "unique requirements" has become the standard operating procedure among the largest Web analytics firms - not just WebTrends. Perhaps this is just a reflection of a software space maturing and coming up with more enterprisey licensing models - "whatever you've got is what you'll pay" - but for you, the customer, this is not a good thing. I rarely meet a customer who completely understands their license or contract agreement.
Linux Predicted To Be Fastest Growing Smartphone OS
News  |  8/29/2007  | 
Adoption of the open-source operating system in smartphones will rise at a compound annual growth rate of more than 75% through 2012, according to ABI Research.
How To Optimize Your Mobile Website For Search
Commentary  |  8/28/2007  | 
Welcome to Take 5, a regular feature on Over The Air where I inteview an industry insider about a pressing mobile or wireless topic. Today's guest, David Harper, is the founder of Winksite, a mobile application designed to make it easier to build mobile Websites. In this edition of Take 5, David and I discussed mobile search op
Does Privacy Matter?
Commentary  |  8/28/2007  | 
Donald Leka, CEO of New York-based TransMedia, maker of the Glide online media sharing and storage service, believes consumers care about privacy.
Diebold Gets Patents For Mobile ATM Technology
News  |  8/28/2007  | 
Diebold says it has received patents for technologies that let mobile phone owners do things like find ATMs, order cash withdrawals remotely, generate electronic checks, and transmit wireless payments.
WebEx Links iPhone To Outlook, Remote PCs
News  |  8/28/2007  | 
An upgrade to WebEx PCNow 3.0 remote access software will let iPhone users check their Microsoft Outlook e-mail and view the files stored on their remote Windows computers.
U.S. Open Fans Can Track Federer, Williams On Beefed Up Site
News  |  8/28/2007  | 
IBM has enhanced USOpen.org with real-time results, video-on-demand, and tools that allow fans to track their favorite players throughout the tennis tournament.
Amazon, Google, Yahoo, And Others Sued For Automating Their E-mail
News  |  8/28/2007  | 
The companies are accused of violating a patent on automatic message routing held by Polaris IP. The patent has a long history in litigation, but all the cases have been settled out of court.
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